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NC jobless rate inches up to 6.5 percent

Posted August 18, 2014

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— After two months without change, the unemployment rate in North Carolina crept up by a tenth of a percent in July to 6.5 percent. North Carolina's unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national rate of 6.2 percent.

Employers in North Carolina dropped 15,800 people from their rolls in July, according to the latest data from the state Department of Commerce.

More than 300,000 people in the state remain unemployed. That number rose by about 5,000 in July, but it remains 77,720 fewer than in July 2013.

The state's labor force – the number of people employed plus those actively looking for work -- shrank by 14,550 to 4,674,116. That can be interpreted as a reflection of the long-term unemployed who have stopped looking for jobs and are no longer counted.

The jobs and labor force numbers released Monday are factors in the calculation of the statewide unemployment rate.

The industry with the biggest gain in the number jobs from June to July was professional and business services; the information industry saw the greatest percentage in job growth.

Government jobs were the only industry to see a decrease from July 2013 to July 2014.


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  • Barely Aug 18, 2014

    Nationally, it is at 12%. With the Cadillac tax and regulations from the ACA, it is only going to grow.

  • scg Aug 18, 2014

    This is good news. Can't say, the entire credit goes to this government, but they do share some credit. We hit the rock bottom with all crises hitting us at the same time. Previous administration definitely didn’t help with the wars. But credit problem was imminent. Whatever the case is, I am happy to see the number.

  • Earth Brooks Aug 18, 2014

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    Well over in Iran they keep the gays suppressed real good, and people can stand in the streets and fire their guns into the sky, and the religious right makes all the laws for everyone. The only problem might be that you would'nt have anything to complain about on the internet. And if the liberals complained about the government, they'd be taken care of right away. You would'nt have to hear their opinions at all. That's conservative utopia is'nt it?

  • KnowsItAll Aug 18, 2014

    "I've been trying to find a truly conservative country to flee to and they just do not exist."

    There's no such thing. Those that call themselves "conservative" (like the US, Iran, or Afghanistan) have redefined the word to mean a country that is under the oppressive thumb of religious fundamentalists. Not something we want here in the US!

  • Mike Berthold Aug 18, 2014
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    Federal rate is down but the state rate is up. Hmmm. Maybe it is the McCrory effect and more indicative of local politics? Enjoy

  • White Is Not A Crime Aug 18, 2014

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    YES! We cant!

  • Jeepgirl03 Aug 18, 2014

    They base their numbers on how many people are on unemployment so when Gov. McCrory cut everyone's benefits it made NC's numbers look really good. Just because someone isn't collecting unemployment benefits does not mean that they are not unemployed. As for being lazy...I worked to earn my unemployment when I have had to use it when I have gotten laid off. What about the people on food stamps and other assistance, did they work to put that money back into their household like I did? I realize some are lazy but don't group everyone together.

  • Joseph Smith Aug 18, 2014
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    The middle class has never recovered.

  • Fred Blassy Aug 18, 2014
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    The Obama Effect. ENJOY

  • Eq Videri Aug 18, 2014
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    We should not only pommel the working class, we should balance beam the middle class, and parallel bar to death the rich. Forced gymnastics for everyone!